Gérald Gavory

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The enzyme telomerase is a ribonucleoprotein that has a critical role in the maintenance of stable telomeres in organisms that possess linear chromosomes. Using a recently developed single molecule fluorescence coincidence method, we have studied the RNA component of telomerase (hTR) and directly observed multimerisation of hTR in solution. RNA mutagenesis(More)
Telomeres are essential for genomic stability and cell viability. Telomerase, the enzyme responsible for telomere maintenance, is composed of a reverse transcriptase protein subunit and an integral RNA component which contains the templating domain. In human telomerase, the template region consists of 11 nt (3'-rCAAUCCCAAUC-5') and comprises an alignment(More)
Telomeres are believed to stabilize chromosomes through several mechanisms that are dependent upon specific DNA-DNA and protein-DNA interactions. Telomeres are maintained by the enzyme telomerase. Telomerase activity, which is below detectable level in almost all types of diploid cells, is re-activated in most immortal and cancer cells. For this study, we(More)
The G-quadruplex nucleic acid structural motif is a target for designing molecules that could potentially modulate telomere length or have anticancer properties. We have recently described an engineered zinc finger protein (Gq1) that binds with specificity to the intramolecular G-quadruplex formed by the human telomeric sequence 5'-(GGTTAG)(5)-3' (Isalan et(More)
Telomerase is the ribonucleoprotein reverse transcriptase involved in the maintenance of the telomeres, the termini of eukaryotic chromosomes. The RNA component of human telomerase (hTR) consists of 451 nucleotides with the 5' half folding into a highly conserved catalytic core comprising the template region and an adjacent pseudoknot domain (nucleotides(More)
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